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of Watson Dowd who was born in Cheringham, Mass., in 1810. The grandfather,
Asel Dowd, was a native of Massachusetts, who came to Huron in 1825 with his wife
and family of seven children. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He died in 1878
aged eighty. Watson spent his life as a farmer in Huron. His wife was Harriet,
daughter of Silas Lovejoy of Rose, and their children were : George, Lucy, Ann, Pat-
rick, Mrs. Harriet Wilder of Wolcott, Judson H., and Minnie Quereau of Huron. Our
subject has followed photography for many years in Newark, N. Y., and the Western
States ; since 1876 has resided in Huron on his farm. At the age of seventeen in 1861
he enlisted in Co. E, 10th N. Y. Cavalry, for three years, re-enlisted on the field and
served until the close of the war. Some of the principal engagements in which he par-
ticipated were : Gettysburg, Wilderness, Brandy Station, Chancellorsville, Stoneman's
Raid and Sheridan's raid at South Ann River. He was captured and imprisoned in
Richmond, was transferred to Andersonville, thence to Milan, in all seven months. Of
thirty-two who were captured he was one of three who survived the prison hardships.
He returned to his home nearly a physical wreck. In 1870 he married Cassie Cole,
and their children are : Mrs. Mabel Gillett of Huron; Emma and Lee F. Mr. Dowd
is a member of the G. A. R. Keeslar, Post No. 55 of Wolcott, and has served as town

Davis, William H. ( was a native of Tompkins county, born in 1858. He is the son
of Caleb Davis of Tompkins county. His wife was Jane Church and their children
were: Sarah H., William, James. Frank, Lewis, Lucinda, Anna (deceased), Charles,
Clarence, Jennie and Hattie. He came to Huron in 1861, and here our subject grew


to manhood. In 1880 he purchased the farm where he now lives, in an elegant house,
which he erected in 1892. He is interested in the breeding of fine coach horses and
Jersey cattle, and has twenty-two of these fine horses and colts. Since 1880 he has
been extensively engaged in the apple evaporating business, and in recent years has
dealt in carriages, wagons and harnesses. In 1879 he married Minnie E., daughter of
Alfred and Philena Parker, of Huron, and they have one child, Bennie W., born in
1883. Mr. Davis and wife are members of the Huron Grange P. of H., No. 124, and
in politics our subject is a Republican.

Delling, Albert, was born in North Wolcott in 1849, son of Ira Delling, a native of
Sodus, Wayne county, born in 1823. The grandfather was Rev. Manoah Delling a
native of Maine, who came to Wayne county and settled in the town of Sodus about
1820. Ira at his death in 1855 owned half interest in the Dayton Mills. His wife was
Caroline Delametter, of Columbia county, and their children were : Albert, Frances and
Edgar. At six years of age Mr. Delling went away from home to live, and at sixteen
began work at the blacksmith trade. After seven years he was interested in various
enterprises, from 1890 to 1892, conducted shop in Huron, and in 1893 purchased the
Roswell Reed farm. In 1874 he married Belle Harper of Huron, who died five years
later, and in 1884 he married Ella, daughter of Roswell E., and Almira (Bender) Reed,
pioneers of Huron. Mr. Delling is a member of the Masonic order.

Dunn, James J. (deceased), was born in Sullivan county, NY., January 7, 1822, and
came to Lyons in 1834 with his parents, James Dunn sr., and wife, who purchased 412
acres of land lying south of Lyons. James, jr., was educated in the common schools,
to which he added through life by reading and close observation. At the age of
twenty-nine he married Nancy, daughter of John Mitchell of Galen, and they were
the parents of three children, of whom but one, Amelia, now Mrs. Thomas Smart, is
now living. Our subject died October 31, 1863. at the age of forty-three years. He
was one of the largest farmers in his towu. Mrs. Amelia Smart married Thomas G.
Smart, of Lyons, and they are the parents of one son, James D. Smart.

Dunn, James, was born in Rochester, July 31, 1832. His father, James, was a native
of Scotland. Subject was educated in the common schools. After leaving school he
went to work on a farm by the month. At the age of thirty he married Adelia A.,
daughter of John Rook, and they are the parents of three children: John R., William
A., and Sadie Belle. In 1866 he bought the Thomas Roo< farm of seventy-nine acres,
in 1883 bought the Thomas Stanton farm of fifty-seven acres, and in 1885 bought the
William Miller property of thirty-eight acres, having 143 acres of some of the best
farming land, raising large amounts of hay, grain, and stock. Our subject is one of the
leading farmers in his town, taking an active interest in educational and religious mat-
ters, a member of the M. E. church of Lyons forty years.

Doolittle, Miss Franc, born at Butler in 1846, is the daughter of the late George
Doolittle, who was at various times during his life recipient of political honors, holding
the offices of assessor, justice, and supervisor. His wife, Thankful, left three daugh-
ters, of whom Franc is the youngest. Educated at Leavenworth Institute, she first
engaged in business with an elder sister at Howell, Mich., spending thirteen years
there. In 1883 she came to Wolcott and established a millinery business at No. 51
East Main street, where she now employs five assistants, and besides a large local busi-
ness, shipping finished goods to the far West.

Clark, William H., was born in Williamson February 27, 1816, a son of Hubbard and
Sarah (Mallory) Clark, natives of Groton, Conn., who came West, and spent their last days
in Albion, Mich. The grandfather of William H. was Roswell, a native of Groton,
Conn, and a soldier in the War of the Revolution, his son, the father of our subject,
having been in the war of 1812. William H. was educated in the Palmyra Academy,


and has always followed farming, with the exception of four years, when he carried
the mail from Palmyra to Porterville, and four years in the brewery business in Roches-
ter. In 1840 he married Sibyl Swan, of Hartland, Vt., and daughter of Col. Edward
Swan, who fought in the war of 1812 and died at the home of our subject in On-
tario. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have had five children, all now living: Edward, Sibyl,
Austin H., Mary, John P., all residing in Ontario. Mr. Clark came here in 1840. He
owned 275 acres of land, but has given his children homes, and now owns but fifty
acres, forty-three acres being near the village. He has interested himself largely in
selling lots in the village, building houses, etc., for sale. He is a Republican in politics,
having voted for the two Harrisons. Mrs. Clark died March 11, 1890.

Casey, A. W.. was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, December 5, 1814, the oldest
of ten children of Adam and Lucy (Larrabee) Casey, the former born in 1778, and the
latter in 1789. The father of Adam was Jesse, a native of Rhode Island, and one of
the first settlers of Nassau, where he died March 22, 1867, and his wife July 1, 1868.
The father of Lucy Larrabee was Richard, who served throughout the Revolution, and
the war of 1812. A. W. Casey was educated in the common schools, and followed the
blacksmith's trade for some time. In 1853 he came to Ontario and worked at the
same trade, but in 1867 took up farming, now owning 100 acres of land. He has
been a life-long Democrat, has served as justice of the peace for sixteen years, justice
of sessions six years, and postmaster about six years, first holding office under Buchan-
an. May 12 1836, he married Harriet A. Quinby, a native of Nassau, born January
26, 1819, and a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Lyon) Quinby. Mr. and Mrs. Casey have
had these children : Mary E.. born October 1, 1837 ; Lucy A, born November 22, 1839 ;
Charles H., born January 5, 1842; Daniel A., born January 4, 1844; Harriet E., born
May 18, 1847 ; Phoebe A., born July 11, 1849 ; Harriet A., born July 29, 1855; Ella S.,
born October 27, 1857. Harriet E. died April 28, 1852; Harriet A. died September 22,
1856; Ella S. died May 27, 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Casey have been married fifty- eight
years and have eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His grandfather
was James Quinby, and the father of the latter was Ephraim Quinby, who lived to the
age of 106 years, seven months and ten days, and voted at the age of 103, also walking
three miles in one day.

Cole, Lafayette, deceased, was born in Palmyra in 1847, and spent his life on the farm
where he was born, and on which his father, Marcus Cole, had located many years pre-
vious, the place being three and one-half miles north of Palmyra. La Fayette married
Catharine McDermott, a native of Pennsylvania, and their children are: William, born
in 1865; Myron, born in 1867, the former residing on the home farm and the latter
in the village of Marion. Mr. Cole died in 1890, and his widow resides on the home
farm with her son.

Cole, Frank W., was born in Bellevue, Mich., in 1853. His family came originally
from New York State, and his father, William P., for forty years was a well known
nurseryman in Western New York. In 1871 Mr. Cole graduated from the Lockport
Union school, and commenced newspaper work on the Youngstown, O., Miner and
Manufacturer in 1872. He was next at Hamilton, Canada, on the Spectator, later was
connected with the Lockport Union. In conjunction with John M. Ives, he bought out
the Brockport Democrat. When he left this he started a paper at Spencerport, where
he remained for five years, then for four years was connected with the Rochester Post-
Express. In 1885 he started the Palmyra Democrat and was so successful that he
afterward enlarged it from four to eight pages. Its circulation is now said to be about
1,700. It is printed in a commodious building of four floors with basement, owned by
Mr. Cole. A complete job printing department is also in connection. Mr. Cole has had
considerable to do in shaping the political affairs of the county, and has been a pronounced
Hill Democrat. He has served on the county committee, and in other ways has made
his influence felt. In 1872 he married Miss Doddman, of Hamilton, Canada, and three


children grace his household : George J., who assists in the Democrat office, Ruby and
Minnie. He is a fine oarsman and has rowed with Hosmer, Hanlon and others. He
has been manager of the Palmyra Opera House. Mr. Cole does a great deal of corres-
pondence for the New York papers, and keeps in touch with the times on popular
questions. He has also spoken considerably during political campaigns, and can both
tell a funny story and make a pointed argument. Mr. Cole has now disposed of the
Palmyra Democrat, and is connected with the Horse World of Buffalo.

Coates, John C, a native of Macedon, was born in 1847, residing on the farm with
his parents until they came to Palmyra, and in 1856 moved to Neponset, 111., where his
father, William Coates, died in November, 1856. The latter was a native of Yorkshire,
England, and the mother, Christiana (Chapman) Coates, came from the same country.
William came to Palmyra from England about 1844, and a few years later married and
settled on a farm. They had only one child, our subject, who was educated at the dis-
trict and Class Union schools and in 1876 engaged in the livery business. This he con-
ducted three years, and in May, 1881 was appointed railway postal clerk from Syracuse
to New York, soon after taking charge of the fast mail between those points. In
August, 1889, he was appointed post-office inspector, and assigned to the New York
division, which position he still holds. January 9, 1884, he married Bertha Bushnell,
and they have one child, Francis William, born April 25, 1887.

Cole, Romain H., is one of Huron's prominent young men, born in Covert, Seneca
county, in 1848, a son of Ogden Cole, a native of New Jersey, who was a son of Daniel
Cole. Ogden was a farmer by occupation, and followed that vocation all his life. His
wife was Clarinda, daughter of Elkanah Smith, of the town of Rose, and they raised
two children : John E., and Romain H. Subject was educated in music and in 1871
came to Huron and taught music. In 1873 he built a store in North Rose and engaged in
the mercantile business ; two years later purchased a half interest in the farm of his father-
in-law, Benjamin Catchpole. In 1878 he engaged with R. A. Catchpole and William Gat-
chell in the apple business and in 1880-82 he engaged in the wood business with R. A.
Catchpole and John Buerman, known as Catchpole, Buerman & Cole. In 1884-85 in com-
pany with James M. Streeter, he was interested in the malting business in Clyde, since
which time he has devoted his attention to the farm and premises, with his father-in-law.
In 1875 he married Susan Catchpole. He is a Republican, and while in North Rose
served as justice of the peace and postmaster. He and his wife are members of the
Huron Grange Lodge No. 124.

Catchpole, Benjamin, commonly called '' Uncle Ben," is one of Huron's prominent
and highly successful citizens, a native of England, born May 16, 1826. He is the son of
James Catchpole, who was a farmer. He came to Geneva with his family in 1835, a
few years later he removed to Huron and purchased the farm in lot 109, where his son
James now lives. He died in 1882 at the age of ninety years. His wife was Susan
Knights, and their children were : Susan, wife of Thomas T. Smith, of Geneva; Ann,
wife of Edward Thomas, of Geneva ; Jemima, wife of John S. Smith, of Huron ; James,
Benjamin, Mary, Hobart A. deceased, and Matilda. At an early age our subject began
life's battles, in 1845 he accompanied his employer, Gideon Lee, to Texas, where he
spent two years hunting. While there he witnessed the final funeral ceremony of Sam
Houston, Davy Crockett and Steve Bowie. He returned and purchased land in
Huron, in company with his brothers and John S. Smith, known as Catchpole & Co.,
and engaged extensively in the manufacture of lumber. They cleared 800 acres, sold
the mill, later divided the land, and has since devoted his time to farming. In 1887 he
and his son-in-law purchased fifty-seven acres of the R. R. Lummis estate, which they
transformed to a beautiful summer resort, popularly known as Bonnicastle, and which
is situated on the east side of great Sodus Bay. They are interested in the apple cul-
ture, having fifty acres. In May, 1853, our subject married Hannah M., daughter of


Randall and Eunice (Williams) Comstock, born in 1833, and they have one child, Susan
B., wife of Romain H. Cole. Mr. and Mrs. Catchpole are members of the Huron
Grange Lodge No. 124. Our subject is a Republican, and the active interest he has
taken in elections is well known. He is the oldest member of the Rochester Gun Club,
and is the oldest participant in the State shoot.

Carver, George L., jr., was born in Lyons September 26, 1851. His father, George
W., was also born in the town, and is one of its most prominent business representa-
tives. George L. was educated in the Lyons Union school and finished at Detroit, after
leaving which he went into the hardware business with Col. William Kreutzer, con-
tinuing two years, afterward engaging in various small enterprises. In 1880 went into
the flour and feed business in Lyons, in Center building on Williams street. In 1889
he erected the Joppa Roller Flour Mills, making a specialty of graham and buckwheat
flour, where he is now engaged in business. In 1890 took the contract to build the
highway through the marshes between Lyons and Galen for the sum of $7,500. At
the age of twenty-eight he married Kate P., daughter of Asaph Waterman, of Lyons,
and they have one son, George W. Our subject is one of the leading men in his busi-
ness and is identified in advancing the best interests of his town, being recognized as a
man of sterling integrity and worth.

Cronise, Samuel, was born in Arcadia January 8, 1833. His father, Henry, was a
native of Frederick county, Maryland, came to Wayne county in 1808, and purchased
a farm in what was then the town of Sodus, now Arcadia. He died in 1870 at the age
of eighty-one. Samuel was educated in the common schools to which he has added
through life by reading and close observation, being a self-made and self-educated man.
At the age of twenty-seven he married Jane E., daughter of Martin Fredenberg, and
they have had two children : Nettie, who died in infancy ; and Elbert, who died at
sixteen years of age, was a young man of brilliant promise and sterling character. In
1883 he moved from his farm in Arcadia to Lyons, where he engaged in contracting
and building, and in 1881 in connection with Stephen Reals erected the block on the
corner of Geneva and Elmer streets, known as the Cronise & Reals block. In 1889 he
was elected overseer of the poor, in which he has made a record for ability and honest
service, saving his town large sums of money each year.

Carver, George W., was born in the city of Albany March 6, 1831. His father,
George W., came to Lyons in 1838, remaining until 1839 when he went to Toronto, where
he died at forty-two years of age. George W. was educated in Lyons, and at the
Academy in Lima. After leaving school he learned the silver plater's trade, following
it twelve years, and was then forced to give up the business on account of his eyesight.
He was elected constable and served fifteen years, deputy marshal and deputy provost-
marshal, making a specialty of the private detective business, and was the means of
breaking up the Loomis gang of horse thieves and robbers, arresting Clark, alias Tom
Alvord, a noted horse thief, a man by the name of Belcher and two of the Loomises,
whom he landed single handed in Wayne county jail. In 1869 he was appointed deputy
revenue assessor of the towns of Lyons and Galen, and afterwards of all the towns of
the eastern assembly district, was also appointed deputy revenue collector. In 1874 he
was appointed keeper of the Wayne County Poor House and Insane Asylum, remaining
there until 1885, erecting the larger part of the present buildings under his administra-
tion. In 1888 he was appointed police justice, serving three years. Our subject has
lived one of the most active lives of any man in the town, identified in advancing its
best interests and the leading events of the day, where he is recognized as a man of
sterling integrity and moral worth.

Cady, Stephen P., was born in the town of Lyons, May 12, 1844, a son of Lorenzo,
whose father, Philo, was a native of Columbia county, who later removed to Wayne
county and settled near Lyons. His wife was Fannie Parks, and their children were :


Lorenzo, Sarah Ann, and Edwin. Lorenzo was born in Columbia county in 1823, and
the following year his father removed to Galen, and here he grew to manhood, remain-
ing on his father's farm until about 1856, when he removed to Huron and bought the
Major Sheldon farm of 150 acres, on which he spent the remainder of his days. He
married Almira, daughter of Stephen Ferguson, and they had six children: Stephen P.,
Fannie J., wife of Joseph Chapin, of Huron; Zachary Taylor, Chauncey, who died in
infancy ; Martha, who died aged eight years ; and Lura, wife of Charles Reed, of
Buffalo. Mr. Cady died in 1870, and his wife in March. 1891. Stephen P. Cady was
reared on the farm and educated in the common schools and Wolcott and Sodus
Academies. At the age of twenty-one he bought a farm adjoining his father's, and
later purchased a part of his father's farm, now owning 135 acres, which he leases.
In 1864 he married Amanda, daughter of Thomas J. and Almira (Bender) Sherman, of
Huron, where she was born in 1839, her only sister being Philena, wife of Alfred
Parker, of this town. Her father was killed by a runaway team when she was a child,
and her mother married, second, Roswell E. Reed, by whom she had seven children.
Mr. Cady is a Republican in politics.

Church, Adonijah, was born in Huron, March 6, 1827, the son of Noah B. Church, of
Massachusetts, whose father was Osgood Church, a surveyor, who was prominent in
the early history of Huron. Noah B. was justice of the peace for eight years. His
wife was Ann Burghdorf, and their children were: Alanson, Francis, Adonijah, Mary,
Nancy, Martha, and Lamira. Our subject is a farmer. In 1870 he was appointed
keeper of the State prison at Sing Sing, N.Y., and a year later, by his request, was
transferred to the same position at Auburn. In March, 1858, he married Josephine
Thomas, and their children are : Byron, Mary B., and Anna, wife of Fred Fowler, of
Throopsville, N.Y. His second wife was Catherine Waldron, of Huron, whom he mar-
ried in 1879. He and his wife are members of the Wolcott Grange. Our subject was
overseer of the poor one term, and is now one of the excise commissioners. He is
also a Mason.

Creque, Arvin H., was born in Wolcott November 1, 1853, is the son of Herman C.
Creque, a native of Trumansburg, Tompkins county, and a blacksmith by trade. He
married Mabel, a daughter of Allen Pease, of the same place, and came to Wolcott
in 1830. They had nine children : Allen P., Andrew J., H. M., Eliza G., Homer C,
John W., Arvin H., Clarissa S., and Hetty C. The grandfather of our subject, John
Creque, was of French aucestry. Our subject started for himself at the age of twenty-
five in the farming business. In 1885 he moved to Huron and purchased the farm where
he now resides, making a specialty of fruit raising. In March, 1878, he married Carrie
A., daughter of Harry Clapper, of the town of Rose. She is one of five children. Mr.
and Mrs. Creque are members of the Wolcott Presbyterian church, both being officers
and teachers of the Sabbath school. They are also members of the Wolcott Grange, P.
of H., No. 348, of which Mr. Creque is chairman of the finance committee. Mrs.
Creque officiates in this lodge as Pomona and is a member of the choir. In politics
subject is a Republican.

Clark, C. W., of Macedon, was born at the Center Jannary 23, 1856. Arsel Clark,
his father, was a native of Vermont, and a son of Hubbard Clark, also of Vermont, who
finally settled in Michigan. Arsel married Pauline Bancroft for his second wife, and
their only child was our subject. The latter has always followed farming, and now owns
a place in Macedon Center of ninety-two acres, doing general farming, and up to 1892
also carried on a dairy. He married Ida B. Eldredge, of Penfield, a daughter of Charles
D. Eldredge, and they have had three children : George A., Laura P., and Vernie, who
died aged nine months. Our subject has held several offices in the town. He is a mem-
ber of the Knights of S. F. A., and in politics is a Republican.

Chapman, Robert, was born in England September 18, 1820. His father, John


Chapman, was a native of England, born in 1798. He married Ann Wilson, and they
were the parents of two children, Robert and Christiana, who married a Mr. Coats and
died at the age of forty-five. John Chapman, the father, came with his family to this
country in 1830, and settled first in Macedon, then moved to Walworth and finally to
Palmyra, where he died at the age of sixty-four. He has always been engaged in
farming, his son also following the same occupation. Robert Chapman is now the
possessor of 100 acres of land. In 1847 he married Ann Wigglesworth, of Macedon,
and they were the parents of four children: Anna, William, Christiana, and John. The
two daughters are deceased. The youngest son, John, is traveling salesman for the
Garlock Packing Company of Palmyra. Mr. Chapman is a member of the Episcopal
church. In politics he is a Republican.

Coniff, John, of Macedon, born in Ireland, June 23, 1836, and came to the United
States with his parents in 1846, being ten years of age at that time. He was one of
five children of Patrick and Mary Coniff, all of whom settled here. Patrick was a
blacksmith by trade and this he followed one year, then bought a small place of two
acres with a house, added six acres, and after a time sold out and bought sixty acres.
This he also sold, and bought ninety acres, which he finally disposed of and resided
with his son, our subject, who bought fifty- five acres near the village, which he worked
seven years, then sold to his brother Barney, and now owns 106 acres all under cultiva-
tion. In 1863 he married Bridget McCue, of Rochester, and they have six children:
Burnett, Arthur J., Maggie, Nellie, Eliza and John. Burnett is married and living in
Farmington. Our subject is a member of the Catholic Church, and a Democrat in

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